Young people tidy up historic Dallas cemetery

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Posted on November 19, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 11:48 AM

DALLAS — The final resting place of some of Dallas' most notable residents is now a more welcoming sight.

Dozens of young people from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints cleaned up Oakland Cemetery on Saturday.

Earlier this month, we showed how the cemetery was littered with overgrown vines, high weeds, tree limbs, and even trash. Many plots — including the graves of former mayors and state lawmakers — were completely covered up.

Church leaders said cleaning it up is a way for children to grow spiritually.

"They're amongst their friends, they can have fun, and at the same time they can show reverance to those who have passed on before the — especially, we understand, many of the founders of Dallas are buried here," said LDS spokesman Jack Meager. "It's a good opportunity to have some history as well."

Organizers said they would like to return every spring and fall to continue with cleanup and maintenance at Oakland Cemetery.

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